"As well, Google will tell you that active engagement with their product Google+ will be "beneficial" to any publisher as a whole, including in search. Publishers now ignore Google+ at their peril, whether it is relevant to their business or not. "
Thanks, but a little more information would be nice... Can you tell us the reasons for it not to have been implemented in 'past' meetings? What is the reason for something so seemingly logical to not be available?
I mean, I wonder if NOT having it conveniently available like Twitter or Pinterest somehow contributes to the advantage of Hubpages itself? Does having the +1 button on our hubs dig into Hubpage's income, somehow? Would author's get more and Hubpages get less for some reason?
This is why I'm suspicious of it being removed, especially since no Hubpage staffers are responding to this. Why was it removed? Why isn't such a logical thing on our pages? Does it increase money to Hubpages somehow while taking it away from Authors? I think it's a fair question to be asking and getting an answer for.
Misfit Chick, the last time we brought it up we were told it was removed because it was hardly used by readers. I was one of those who requested it be replaced but it hasn't. I hope that this new request does not fall on deaf ears.
BTW, Matthew did respond and he is a member of staff.
Yes, I saw that he responded - someone said that, earlier. I'm looking for a more specific response. I said that, too. If no one was using it and it wasn't hurting anything - but somehow it affected the amount of hits we receive. There might be something to it. I also know this question has been asked before - I've asked it before, myself. But I have yet to see a good reply from any of the staff. That's what I'm looking for. I'm sorry if I seem argumentative - but again, something seems fishy from my perspective.
If I recall correctly, the G+ button was removed around the time HP was making a lot of changes to page layout probably more than a year and a half ago. I believe that some of the changes made at that time were meant to improve page load speed. Specifically, when the G+ button was removed I believe the explanation given at the time was that it was hardly used so it was not worth having since it makes a page take longer to load.
Unfortunately, I feel it was removed while Google Plus was in its infancy so I am glad to see that Matthew Meyer (HP staff) stated earlier in this thread that he is going to bring this up in one of their meetings.
Page load speed is also a negative factor in my "Site Health" scorecard results on AdSense. It seemed to me when I was opening some of my hubs that the page loading was quite slow and on others it was faster. About Google plus, out of 5 stars, my report shows only 1 star with a recommendation on "needed improvement" of adding Google+ to my sites.
If HubPages wants an improved relationship with Google, maybe we need to listen to what they want.
I wouldn't think hubpages staff was being malicious. The truth of the matter is Google plus didn't get a lot of traction off the bat so I could understand pulling it off hubpages. It's definitely worth putting back up now though. It's still not quite as large as facebook but it's grown into the second biggest network so it's time to re-add it.
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